The Playa Martianez secrets besides Tenerife surf in winter.

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Playa Martianez is a small, black city beach. Depicted below shows what it looked like on its Costa Martianez coast until about middle of last century.

Costa Martianez coastCosta Martianez coast

Stone backwash is a never ending problem. Hardly 200 of its length of 300 m are left for sun bathing. However, there were very interesting improvements done to the width of the sandy area by October 2014.

This surfer paradise in a spectacular bay with an impressive cliff with stunning indigenous flora.

Beachfront MartianezBeachfront Martianez

The beachfront Martianez is flanked by the so called 'Acantilados' cliff together with many sky rise 4 star hotels.

There, powerful deep blue waves that extend further towards a wild north coast astound with unrivaled beauty.

Pebble sculptures on the Martianez beachPebble sculptures Martianez

Notice that pebble sculptures are not the ideal solution to get rid of excessive stones.

A small but, excellent change

All of them were gone by October 2014. A much better beach is in place. More black sand has been added. The result of it is more privacy for sun bathers on a gentle slope. It all looks like it is now tucked between the Martianez cafe and a wall of its lakes. The right side of the seashore hasn't been done yet. Well, all in its own time...

Pleasant water, sun and wind

The ocean's temperature of 23 degrees Celsius in summer invites for swimming. In winter, 18 degrees Celsius are ideal for surfing with a wetsuit..Strong UV beams require sun protection, also when it's cloudy. Outside sun temperatures are generally 24 - 28 Degrees Celsius depending on the season of the year.

A beach Martianez coconut tree as climate indicator

Coconut palm tree on Martianez beachCoconut palm tree

There is a coconut palm tree with a bunch of almost ripe coconuts called drupes. It stands to the right of the beach cafe. A truly tropical sight... It certainly can be seen from the Lago Martianez behind it.

A paraglider approaches the Martianez BayParaglider at Martianez

Then, a friend and I discovered something even more exciting.

A paraglider approached the bay. Suddenly, we witnessed something we had never expected. Find out more about this rarely seen incident of paragliding in Tenerife.

More than a face lift for Playa Martianez

Last not least, much needed revamping will start at the end of 2014 until way into 2015.

  • A jetty parallel to shore to keep out pebbles and
    to stop excessive flood and back wash
  • Adding of 61,785 m3 iron black sand from the bottom of the Atlantic
  • Expected final beach surface of 36000m3 which means
    that mostly its width will be increased
  • Start of operations at the end of summer 2014
  • End of works after about 10 months later

Find additional data for the beach called Martianez, such as for hotels and more below...(Se encuentra data adicional como para hoteles cerca de la playa llamada Martianez en bajo)

Beginner and advanced surfing waves

Professional surfer on Martianez beach TenerifeSurfer at Martianez Tenerief

The bay is protected by a breakwater which runs from the end of Lago Martianez in westerly direction but, just long enough to make all the difference.

The waves are not of the easy kind where one can ride horizontally for a long time.

I have been told that there are two right waves called 'Derechas' in Spanish surfing terms. Only the one nearer to the Martianez cliffs is suited for the professional surfer. Of course, that part inside the bay is not crowded by surfboarding learners. However, the right wave
on its left is good for surfing practices. Also, no dangerous rocks seem to be near its shore to endanger surf training. I am not an expert surfer. However, I cannot help to compare Playa Martianez waves to those I am more familiar with in the Indian Ocean which are totally different.

However, notice that the best swells of the Playa Martianez beach seem to be between October and end of April, contrary to the south of Tenerife. The Martianez seashore has been known for surfboarding as far back as from 1950 onwards.

Puerto Cruz Tenerife bistro Martianez.Martianez beach bistro

In April 2009, the Martianez beach had a nice new bistro bar. A friend was with me who had a local Dorada beer as bottle for € 1,60 while I took a Cortado which is an 'Espresso' type coffee for € 1,00.

Now in 2014, the prices of this 'Bar/ Restaurante' don't show much difference for food and drink. New were also the looks of this small 300 meter long beachfront wich had been improved.

Revamping again of Playa Martianez

Unfortunately, the sand that was added seems to have been eaten up again by the ocean. That's why a drastic revamping is scheduled for 2014.

The palm grove with shrubs by the back wall of Lago Lido Martianez has grown nicely since 2009. That's where the beach promenade turns onto the breakwater walkway. This jetty keeps many strong currents off the lakes of Martianez as well as out of the Martianez Bay.

Artificial barrier reef by Lago Martianez and its beach BayArtificial barrier reef

An additional artificial reef barrier is there at the northern end of Lago Martianez by our beach. This makeshift wave breaker is at least 10m deep, which isn't shown.

A saltwater pool below the tunnel at the other end of the beach was to be opened again for the public. This has not happened yet.

Martianez surfing Puerto Cruz TenerifeMartianez surfing beach

The location of the beach which is known for Playa Martianez surfing is at the end of the renamed Avda.Familia Bethencourt Molina, former Avda.Generalisimo and
Avda.Colon is right by several big Tenerife hotels.

Plenty pubs,restaurants, shops and some discos are close by. A highly popular one is in the Bar, Restaurant and Cafe named Paris also by the ocean front.

We were enjoying a great scenery at this beach while watching a surfer in a red bodysuit. A couple of other guys with their sleek modern boards were trying their luck to ride the waves.

Hotels Martianez by surf beach Puerto CruzHotels Martianez

Discover publicity displays by major surf board sellers, as portrayed in the photo beside. This happened during a Canary island surfing championship at Playa Martianez at the beginning of March 2009. It took place right in front of three hotels at Martianez. However, nothing was published about surf competitions at this beach in 2014.

La Santa Surf www.lasantasurf.es. are the organizers of the Canary Islands junior surf Championshipts at beach Martianez

An alternative good local surf school

  • www.lamareasurfschool.com
  • 38300 Puerto de la Cruz
  • Call 34 + 922 105 534 and Mobile 699 173 722

The beachfront depicted below isn't the same any more. It had a simple, most effective face-lift by October 2014. No more low wall and steps... Now, only casually placed, small boulders separate the promenade gently from the beach area. Everything runs smoothly into each other. A gigantic, visible progress. My compliments to the landscaper.

Martianez beach with back of lidoTenerifeBehind Lago Martianez

By the way, wild cats live in the spot where one can see the back end of the lido bordered by some shrubs, agaves and palms. A woman I know goes there almost daily to feed the animals. Every beach has some surprises. Right?


Playa Martianez beach has another great advantage. It's never really crowded because Playa Jardin, the Lago Martianez lido with its lakes as well as the rock pools San Telmo are nearby. Not to forget is a tiny beach by the old harbor where people also go to bath.

Beach accessAccess to revamped beach

Slightly revamped beach access

By the end of last summer, I took this photo of the revamping of Playa Martianez.

November 2011

The beach surroundings of Martianez disappointed me in November 2011, as the greenery didn't look good. About 11 to 13 surfing enthusiasts were taking on the swell on that Saturday afternoon. Only, one advanced wave rider was cruising all by himself on the wave which is closer to the beach front hotel Bahia Principe San Felipe Tenerife. Access more Puerto Cruz hotels by that link...

Street art stone art on Martianez beach in 2013

Street art of Tenerife made of stones by the Martianez beach.Street art of Tenerife at Martianez

In April 2013, my friend César and I encountered street art of Tenerife on the beach front of Playa Martianez. We talked to the grumpy artist. He said that he had been around there for many years to display his stone art. How come my Spanish friend and I had never seen him and his painted stone pebbles before? He sold them between €3 and €5. Unfortunately, street art like that is a bit heavy to take home on a plane for the normal tourist. Even the small stone faces would have shown much weight on an airport scale. I wondered what mineral inside them was the cause of it. César insisted on taking this photo where I stand beside the funny, artistic stones.

How get to Martianez surf beach from Tenerife South?

It's no problem to do Tenerife excursions for surfing to Puerto de la Cruz from resorts in the South. An easy way to find out routes from north or south towns of the island may be found at Titsa public buses including times of arrival, the lot. Click the Titsa Web for English at the top right.

You will always find several options via the Capital with bus 102 or 103 or via Los Gigantes where you may catch the direct line 325 to Puerto de la Cruz. You may also go to Icod de los Vinos first and then directly to Puerto.

Parking by Martianez beach for surfing

The only inconvenience is parking at and near the best Puerto Cruz surf beach. Parking anywhere near it will easily cause parking tickets.

Leave your car by the huge grounds for best parking in Puerto de la Cruz by its quay Muelle.

It's not more than a 20 minutes leisure walk from there to Playa Martianez.

Additonal data for Playa Martianez

  • Location: Puerto Cruz of Tenerife North,
    30 minutes or 30 km appr. from capital Santa Cruz
  • Postal Code: 38400
  • Province: Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • Country: Spain
  • Tel: No telephone available as beaches don't have telephones
  • Nearest freeway: Less than 1 km from beach is TF 5 freeway
  • Distance from Center of town: About 800 to 1200 meters.
  • Distance to nearest surf school: Almost over the road opposite beach is Surf School La Marea
    Tel: 922 36 105 534, Mobil: 699 173 722 with classes of 2 hour sessions 4 or 3 times weekly
  • Yearly temperatures of ocean: 18-24degrees Celsius
  • Shops and restaurants by Martianez beach: Many shops, bistros and cheap restaurants like a Chinese buffet Restaurant, Rancho Grande, but also the Cafe Paris.
  • Martianez Mall with supermarket
  • Distance from La Orotava: About 25 minutes
  • Distance from Titsa bus station: About half an hour on foot or,br> get there with bus nr.183 Avda. Generalisimo
  • Nearest taxis: 30 meters in Avenida Familia Bethencourt Molina which ends at beach of Martianez
  • Nearest tourist office Tel:922 631 194
  • Medical attendance by beach: None

A surf school called Santa Surf which also had a shop by that name was very good. I knew the owner but, was not able to locate him lately and the homepage is gone. Now there is only the school La Marea left which is also very close to Playa Martianez.

More ocean scenery beach Martianez.

Tenerife surf film festival You can buy blocks of 90 minutes for €4,50 and see surf movies in Arona, Adeje and Santa Cruz.

From Playa Martianez back to Tenerife beaches with and without surf.





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